Are you considering a river cruise? If so, you're not alone! With COVID-19 still on everyone's mind - many travelers are desiring smaller, more intimate size groups to travel with. River cruising is a perfect fit for this!
The most popular spring tulip cruises, summer cruising on Europe's rivers, and Christmas market itineraries are already starting to sell into 2022 and 2023.
1. Safety & Health Prioritized
With their smaller size - new protocols are easier to implement on the river cruise lines. They are adding updated health and safety regulations such as smaller group sizes, health checks, more on board sanitizing and purified air systems. Click here to read about one popular company's Health & Safety Program.
2. A More All-Inclusive Trip
A river cruise tends to have more included in their cruise fare compared to the majority of ocean cruises. With most food, drinks, tips and tours included in their price - you won't feel nickel and dimed while on your trip. River cruise lines also offer options to include such as: comprehensive pre/post packages, competitive airfare, travel insurance and airport transfers - all creating a seamless vacation!
3. A Great Addition/Alternative to Ocean Cruises
Ocean and river cruise vacations share many similarities! Enjoy your private balcony, ever changing views, gourmet dining, nightly entertainment, and camaraderie with your fellow passengers. One advantage of river cruising is the ability to see more of a country that sailing on large ships doesn't permit. Most importantly - you also unpack once in your floating home for the duration of your trip. I have many clients that started out as solely large ship ocean cruisers that are now also avid river cruisers!
4. Extensive Itinerary Options
With numerous popular waterways - European river cruises tend to get all the attention. But there are also impressive areas to explore via river cruising all over the world! The Amazon in South America... the Mekong in China...the Nile in Africa and a bit closer to home the Mighty Mississippi.
5. Similar to Escorted Tours
River cruising can also get you to smaller, less visited areas. You experience scenic routes like on an escorted tour - all while someone else does the driving! 🙂 On a river cruise you're also taken care of with carefully chosen tour guides and ship personnel.
6. Unique Experiences Included
Just like ocean cruising - I truly believe there's a river cruise for everyone! If you want to stay active on your vacation - some river cruises offer extensive bike touring! If you want to take the kids - Adventures by Disney (and others) have family river cruising options. On every river cruise there are an abundance of local experiences, private tours and special events to choose from.
If you want to learn more about river cruising - you may enjoy this article and video!
Until the next adventure - bon voyage!